Burns & McDonnell hired Lucas Rice in September 2013 to lead an expanding Global Facilities team in the Southeast. But only a few weeks into his new role, Rice, a major in the 48th Infantry Brigade in the Georgia National Guard, was called up for deployment. With his safe return this month, he returns to his leadership role.
ATLANTA — Burns & McDonnell hired Lucas Rice as a senior project manager in September of 2013 to lead an expanding Global Facilities team in the Southeast. But only a few weeks into his new role, Rice, a major in the 48th Infantry Brigade in the Georgia National Guard, was called up for deployment. He spent the past year in Kabul, Afghanistan, using his engineering, project management and Lean Six Sigma expertise to help transition and close several bases for the next stage of the American presence. With his safe return this month, he returns to his leadership role at Burns & McDonnell.
"We are thankful Lucas returned safely to his family and we are happy to have him return to his role in our office," said Arnold Olender, vice president and Southeast regional manager, Burns & McDonnell. "Lucas is deftly effective at creating opportunities for savings and efficiencies for nearly any process, and he is an articulate translator, ensuring successful execution for our clients. He is the rare combination of an engineer whose experience and expertise allow him to bridge the communications between clients, engineers, architects and managers to ensure and deliver successful projects."
From function and process definition to architectural design and facility life cycles, Burns & McDonnell's Global Facilities group executes the best operational and process solutions for each individual client. From large, multicampus global clients to local, single-facility production lines, Rice and the entire Global Facilities team have the expertise and experience to help clients succeed.
A senior project manager and aerospace engineer, Rice brings more than 20 years of experience, a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and certifications including Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED AP to Burns & McDonnell and its clients. Rice is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he earned a degree in aerospace engineering, and of Emory University, where he earned an M.B.A. in Decision and Information Analysis.
About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. Nearly 5,000 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and other professionals work in more than 30 regional, national, and international offices. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is currently ranked No. 18 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms.
The Southeast regional team of more than 60 professional engineers and technical staff, based in metro Atlanta, adds the distinction of being a top design firm in the Southeast as ranked by Engineering News-Record, one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Best Engineering Firms, and one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Top Workplaces in 2014.
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